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Top 3 AudioTechnica Open Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica is one of the best headphone brands in the industry, they make high quality studio headphones. A perfect brand for music producers and musicians alike as they offer open ear headphones. Although if you just want a great pair of headphones to listen to music, they have that too. They also have branched a bit and have made a few gaming headsets as well. Today, we are going over our top picks for AudioTechnica open ear headphones.

What are Open Ear Headphones?

We know this isn't the audiotechnica brand but these are a good example of open ear headphones.
We know these aren’t the Audio Technica brand, but they make a good example!

Before we get started, let’s just quickly go over what open ear headphones are and if they are right for you.

Compared to the more popular closed ear headphones, open ear headphones are headphones that don’t cover up your ear. You have probably seen examples of these types of headphones already. Think of earbuds like in the image above or those clip on wireless headphones as popular examples.

Open ear headphones allow more air to pass through the speakers. This basically allows audio leakage, meaning that nearby people will be able to hear what you are listening to.

Now if you wondering why anyone would want that, then closed ear headphones are for you. We understand you don’t want anyone to know you are listening to.

Jokes aside, open ear headphone users enjoy this feature as it allows them to still hear their surroundings faintly. Although the AudioTechnica open ear headphones we list have noise cancellation technology, you’ll still hear the environment around you. You don’t want to completely block out the external sound.

For example, maybe you work late nights, but still need to hear a coworker nearby or listen for other noises that a closed ear headphone would cancel out.

Another difference is that open ear headphones apply less pressure to your ears compared to closed ear headphones. This makes them lightweight and more comfortable to wear, especially for longer periods of time.

One final note, please do not buy open ear headphones and play loud music in public places like the subway, malls, anywhere outside with a lot of people. Nobody wants to hear your music. Use closed ear headphones for that or just have your headphones set to a lower volume.

1. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS

These in ear headphones come with noise cancellation technology to create a comfortable listening environment. It even comes with an Inline microphone to answer phone calls while on the go. It also has an inline volume controller to fine tune your audio without having to adjust it on your phone or other music devices.

That being said it isn’t quite the perfect set of headphones. Being an older model, there are plenty of other brands with a more modern design, better noise cancellation, and overall audio quality.

But sometimes you don’t need the best of the best and that’s ok. Sometimes you just need something cheap, but still solid enough to get the job done. That is exactly what you get with Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS.


  • Solid noise cancellation ear buds
  • AudioTechnica delivers top quality audio
  • Comes with a microphone for phone calls and meetings


  • Better alternatives have come out over the years from other brands

2. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC40BT

For just a few dollars more than our previous option you can get the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC40BT, the BT stands for Bluetooth. Which is the biggest difference between the two options so far. You can connect these headphones with up to eight other Bluetooth devices for wireless control over your music and phone calls. Note that it can only connect to two of said Bluetooth devices simultaneously.

It even comes with additional accessories such as different sized earpieces, (XS, S, M, L), a carrying pouch, a USB charger, and an airplane adapter. Not to mention it comes with the features of the previous headphones like an inline microphone and volume controls as well as noise cancellation.


  • Can be connected with up to eight Bluetooth devices
  • Comes with additional accessories like a carrying pouch, airplane adapter, etc.
  • Also comes solid audio quality and noise cancellation
  • Long lasting battery, about 13 hours battery life!


  • The charging cable is short
  • Not the best headphones for exercising

3. Audio-Technica ATH-E40

If you are looking for top of the line sound quality without breaking the bank, this is your best option. While this is our most expensive pick, you might be surprised to find out that these is cheaper compared to other headphones of this quality and type. The reason being is that these are In-Ear monitor headphones, mostly used by musicians, audio engineers, but can also be used to listen to music at a high quality.

These headphones have a behind-ear design, meaning the cable loops around your ear to prevent them from falling out. Although there have been reviews of people saying it can be a bit awkward depending on the size and shape of your ears. Something to be wary about before buying.

It also features a detachable cable to prevent damage, as well as making it easier to transport and cleaner storage. These headphones also come with a carrying case, silicone ear tips, and a plug-on adapter.

Since these are IEMs (In-Ear Monitor) headphones, they do not come with a microphone so if you are looking for open ear headphones for phone calls and meetings, you might want to look at the previous options instead.


  • Incredible audio quality, perfect for musicians, music listening, audio engineering, and more!
  • Detachable cable for damage prevention and easy storage
  • Comes with a carrying case, an adapter, and silicone ear tips


  • Might be uncomfortable depending on ear size and shape
  • $100 is a steep price for many

Which Audio-Technica Open Ear Headphones are for You?

Were you able to find the perfect option for you? We hope so, but just in case you didn’t, check out another article we wrote for those looking for gaming earbuds. They’re not the Audio Technica brand, but they are still high quality nonetheless. Check out our ultimate buyer’s guide by clicking here.

If you’re still not satisfied after reading this article, we’re sorry about that. Audio Technica is a brand well known for its over ear headphones rather than its open ear. These also more known for making studio headphones for music producing or audio engineering.

If you are looking for other brand options you might want to check out these products instead:

  • AfterShokz Titanium Bone Conduction – Weird name, but a respected brand. High-quality wireless Bluetooth headphones. Price varies in the color you choose.
  • Bose Sports Open Earbuds – One of the premium brands of headphones. Known for its high audio quality. They are very expensive, however. If money isn’t an issue then you can’t go wrong with Bose.
  • Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) – Another premium brand with another premium price of $110. Still one of the most popular headphones on the market. High-quality audio, effortless setup, and compatibility with all Apple devices.
  • Takani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones – a more budget-friendly option. These wireless headphones are great for outdoor activities like jogging, cycling, hiking, and more. They are waterproof and sweatproof.

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